How do I know if my builder near me is reputable?

How do I know if my builder near me is reputable?
If you need to enlist the services of a builder but wish to ensure they are reputable and reliable before you enter into any sort of agreement with them, there are several steps you can take to put your mind at rest. Let’s take a look at several of these right now.

Check their credentials
Make sure that the builder has all the necessary licences and certifications needed to carry out this work. It’s wise to use a builder who is part of a recognised trade association. Kirkwood Extensions and Architectural Design have Public Liability Insurance should the unthinkable happy and ALL their work is backed by a 10yr Workmanship Guarantee

Insurance and guarantees
You also need to ensure that the builder has public liability insurance so you’re covered if anything goes wrong during the construction process. Reputable builders often provide guarantees for a certain period. This ensures the quality and durability of their work.

Look at reviews and testimonials
It’s also a great idea to read online reviews on platforms like Google and Trustpilot. These can give you a better idea of what to expect from them. Don’t be afraid to ask the builder for references and testimonials from past clients so you can find out how happy they were with the work.
You can view Kirkwood Extensions and Architectural Design 5 star Google Reviews here 

View past projects if possible
You may have the opportunity to look at some of the work the builder has carried out. It can be better to view it in real life instead of simply looking at photos online. This makes it easier for you to assess the quality of the work and their attention to detail.
If possible, visit some of the builder’s completed or ongoing projects in person. This allows you to assess the quality of their work and their attention to detail.

Make sure the contractor is transparent
Only work with a builder if they offer a clear, detailed contract that outlines the scope of the work, materials to be used, timelines and payment schedules. Any reputable builder will be transparent and more than happy to discuss any aspect of the contract with you.

Make sure that the builder is knowledgeable about and committed to complying with building regulations. If they don’t seem to know much about the legal side of things, it’s best to look elsewhere.

Communication skills
The builder should also communicate with you clearly and respond to your queries quickly. They should also keep you fully updated on any important developments that arise during the project. Look elsewhere if the builder appears unwilling to provide any key information you need.

Why choose Kirkwood Extensions and Architectural Design?
Kirkwood is the ideal choice when you’re looking for a local builder in Essex. We only have five-star reviews and aim to exceed your expectations rather than just meet them. We value all of the feedback that we receive from our clients and always take it on board so we can continue to deliver the quality we’ve become renowned for.
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